Updated: May 26, 2012 3:59PM
A 25-year-old Northwest Side man has been charged with robbing Lincoln Park businesses while armed with a knife and syringe.
Police believe Austin Pierce accompanied a female suspect in a string of neighborhood robberies this month.
During the crimes, the suspects passed a note to a clerk warning he or she was armed with a syringe, knife or gun. Then a syringe or knife was displayed before the suspects fled with money from the cash register and fled, police said.
Two businesses on West Fullerton Avenue were robbed -- one in the 1300 block at 5:28 p.m. on May 15, and another in the 1200 block at 9:15 a.m. Monday.
Another two businesses on West Webster Avenue were also hit by similar robberies, including on the 1100 block at 4:50 p.m. Thursday and another in the 900 block at 10:09 a.m. Tuesday.
A business in the 2000 block of North Clybourn Avenue was also hit at 11 a.m. last weekend.
Pierce, of the 2800 block of North Oakley, is expected to appear for a bond hearing Sunday afternoon. He is facing three counts of armed robbery.
The female suspect remains at large. She is described as 18 to 25 years old with long blonde hair, standing 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds.